Our classroom mantra is "Mistakes are proof that you are trying!" I often hear students encourage their peers with the phrase. They're working hard to hone not only good sportsmanship, but also leadership skills, as they help their peers adapt those mistakes. With this spirit, several of my students have taken these ideas even further.
I offer tutoring after school for my struggling learners, and one student in particular rarely raised her hand, rarely volunteered for anything, and kept to herself most of the time.
It's harder to hide and easier to open up in a small group. We saw her transformation during tutoring first, as she realized we would support her if she made a mistake. Then, she started raising her hand in whole-group sessions to share times when she made mistakes on similar problems.
She has changed the culture of my room from finishing fast to simply understanding all the avenues of a problem. My class is not afraid to try it a new way again and again.
With a flexible seating classroom, my students need to be able to take their books on the go! They have the freedom to move anywhere in the room to help them be successful in their learning. Right now, that's a bit difficult because our cardboard book bins are falling apart. With these sturdier book bins, they'll be able to move from smart spot to smart spot without any hassle. But wait--my first graders are becoming more and more independent every day, and they need books to fill these bins! Books that they can read on their own.
I would love nothing more than to support every reader in my classroom by providing books at their just-right reading level.
These books will help enrich my little book worms as they grow and develop into lifelong readers. The library is already a place that my students enjoy, with a cozy carpet and regular read-alouds and discussions. My students have shown that they want to be independent readers, and this project will help supply the books we need to get them there. I can use these books for guided reading time to introduce them to any tricky words, and then they can add these to their brand-new book bins to revisit with confidence!
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